Environment: Death in The Mediterranean

Pollution aggravates a plague among Europe's dolphins

The first hint that something was wrong came in August, when dead dolphins -- victims of pneumonia and liver damage -- began washing up on Mediterranean beaches near Valencia, Spain. But until the past few weeks, no one had | realized the extent of the disaster. When scientists from European countries began comparing notes, it suddenly became clear that some sort of epidemic was raging through the striped dolphin population of the western Mediterranean Sea. In France, where dead dolphins usually wash ashore at a rate of about 50 a year, 50 were discovered in a two-week period, and the toll...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!